Patsy Woods Martin was founder and executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here®, the Central Texas Campaign for Philanthropy, a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses and religious leaders. The group works to increase awareness of the needs in Central Texas and the role all Austinites can play in creating solutions to those needs.
Prior to launching I Live Here, I Give Here, Martin served in various leadership roles. In 1992, the Governor of Texas selected her to serve as a Regent at her alma mater, Texas Tech University. From 2002 to 2006, Martin served as vice president of resource development for the United Way Capital Area. In addition to her other duties at the United Way, as director of major gifts and leadership giving, she wrote and successfully solicited two $1 million matching grants from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and launched the Women’s Giving Network.
Martin currently serves on a number of boards, including the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Junior League of Austin, Leadership Austin, and is a founding member of Impact Austin and UWCA’s Women’s Leadership Council. Martin was slated as the incoming board chair for Annie’s List, but resigned the board to take the position of interim executive director, in accordance with the group’s by-laws. She was then chosen to be the executive director.
Earlier in her career, Martin was trained and worked as a chemist. A fourth generation rancher in Montague County, Texas, Martin is active in her family ranching and oil business.